Leyden Pride

October 24, 2022

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Important Dates

Nov 8 Election Day, No School

Nov 23-25 No School

Dec 21 Last day of Semester

Dec 22 Jan 8 Winter Break


Link: Subscribe to the Leyden calendar!

Attention Families: Your Input Needed!

Leyden is proactively participating in a districtwide Equity Audit, and we need family feedback as part of the process. Equity is about fairness and inclusion, and removing barriers to leverage access and opportunity for all. The purpose of the Equity Audit is to identify areas of strength and needed improvement when it comes to our efforts to advance educational equity.

Focus Group Participation

Students, staff and families focus groups will be conducted by an outside company. Focus groups consist of about 6-8 families or caregivers to answer specific questions. There are no right or wrong answers to the questions, because they are based on personal experiences and perspectives. Participation in the focus group is voluntary and confidential. There are limited spaces in each slotted focus group. Please complete the following form if you are interested in participating in a focus group:


Link: Focus Group Participation

Survey Feedback

Another way to provide feedback is through surveys. Like the focus group, the survey is about personal experiences and perspectives. The survey tasks approximately 15 minutes. Please click on the following link to complete the SURVEY:



The questions or statements on the surveys are different from the focus groups, therefore, families can choose to participate in both.


"We believe the results from this audit will make Leyden an even better place to support all of our students and anticipate receiving the results at the end of the 2022-2023 school year," said Director of Human Resources Dr. Celestina Rivera.


For questions about the focus groups, please contact Dr. Rivera at 847-451-3090 or crivera@leyden212.org.

Bilingual Parent Advisory Council (BPAC)

The first meeting of the school year will be held October 25, 6 - 8 p.m. in the Little Theater at East Leyden. The meeting is also available virtually. Join: https://leyden212-org.zoom.us/j/92425600999

BPAC is a committee that supports and promotes the social, emotional, and academic growth, and development of our bilingual community. The organization represents the interest and needs of our bilingual community at Leyden through participation in the educational process and in the decisions to be made that will have an impact on the future of our students.

For more information, please contact Christina Schmidt cschmidt@leyden212.org or 847-451-3074.
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Hispanic Alliance Club is hosting a movie night for all parents and families on Tuesday, November 1 from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. in the student cafeteria. We are watching Coco and will have food and drinks for all!

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Red Ribbon Week

This week, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) are celebrating Red Ribbon Week to bring awareness to drug abuse prevention.


MONDAY: Lei Off Drugs - Dress for a Dream Vacation

TUESDAY: Drugs are so Out of Style - Decade Day- Dress in Your Favorite Decade

WEDNESDAY: Red Ribbon Day - Wear Red

THURSDAY: Team Up Against Destructive Decisions - Wear Your Favorite Sports Team

FRIDAY: Blue and Gold - Show Your Leyden Pride; Make Smart Decision

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Safe2Help

Safe2Help Illinois is a school safety program that offers students 24/7 access to support services that might help prevent suicides, bullying, school violence or other threats to school safety.